Statement by Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness on COVID-19: March 2, 2020

Here is this evening’s statement, as anxiety over COVID-19 is slowly building in Jamaica. News of three countries in the Caribbean now being affected has been concerning. Please see the full text below: National Statement: COVID-19  Delivered by the Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton 2 March 2020 The new Coronavirus … More Statement by Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness on COVID-19: March 2, 2020

Internal Affairs, Too Many Lawyers and Tangible Intangibles: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Two long-winded but very important issues have dominated the news. Firstly there is the confusing muddle that Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has put himself into over the Senate resignation letters. Secondly, the Commission of Enquiry into the incursion by security forces in Tivoli Gardens re-started this week. And thirdly – oh yes – there is … More Internal Affairs, Too Many Lawyers and Tangible Intangibles: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

National Integrity Action Makes Urgent Call for Greater Transparency and Accountability

Here is a press release dated November 3, 2014 from National Integrity Action. It is very relevant in light of Jamaica’s current economic situation and recent developments. Highlights are my own. National Integrity Action (NIA) Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe, makes urgent call for greater transparency and accountability as shortfalls continue in government tax revenue … More National Integrity Action Makes Urgent Call for Greater Transparency and Accountability

Choppy Waters, Outameni and No Ebola Mistakes, Please: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It has been a week (or two) from hell for the Portia Simpson Miller administration, it seems. One journalist described the Government’s current state as “drifting.” I would prefer to call it “floundering” from one controversy and faux pas to the other. Is somebody in charge? Some of our Ministers and heads of agencies seem … More Choppy Waters, Outameni and No Ebola Mistakes, Please: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Easy Business, Talking on the Phone and Thanks to the Cubans: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This week has been interesting so far. There is always something new popping up. And at the same time, the same old dreary issues drag their way along from one end of the week to the next, and the next… Talking diseases: Yes, it’s Jamaica’s obsession. An audience of Jamaicans in business clothes packed an auditorium … More Easy Business, Talking on the Phone and Thanks to the Cubans: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Trashing Court Cases, Land Grabbing and Hubbing: Sunday, October 26, 2014

It really has been a strange week. Moreover, Kingston has reverted to drought mode, which is not good. Thunder – yes; rain – no… In the wake of the wave of murders, the people of Rockfort are not co-operating with the police. It’s a case of “See no evil, hear no evil…” If they don’t give any information … More Trashing Court Cases, Land Grabbing and Hubbing: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Awash with Murders, Miraculous Jamaica…and that Darned Plane! Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh, a lot has been happening on this modest-sized island of ours. It’s not been an easy week, and it’s National Heroes Week. Please read my thoughts on heroes, at home and abroad, on my weekly Gleaner blog page, Social Impact. Comments on the page are more than welcome! http://gleanerblogs.com/socialimpact/?p=2278A In fact, a very bloody week:  The police announced … More Awash with Murders, Miraculous Jamaica…and that Darned Plane! Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Double Whammy for Justice, The Unwanted Ones and A Private Plane: Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Sunday check-in, and plenty going on it seems. The Jamaican obsession with health issues continues unabated. A double whammy: Last week, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in her wisdom dropped two long-running, highly publicized cases involving the deaths of civilians and the police. One was the murder of an entertainer called Robert Hill (“Kentucky … More A Double Whammy for Justice, The Unwanted Ones and A Private Plane: Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chik V Weariness, Poll Shockers and The Hospital Floor: Monday, October 13, 2014

I promised a post for Sunday, and I am a woman of my word. Sorry though – it’s Monday. Having said that, my reason for taking a break last week was because I had “stuff” going on. But the stuff was thrown out the window when “chik v” arrived, just nine days ago. I am … More Chik V Weariness, Poll Shockers and The Hospital Floor: Monday, October 13, 2014

Chik V Anger, Ebola Fear and Careful Steps on Ganja: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October is here, and we are enjoying beautiful weather. The hills are deep green from the recent rains. The sun does not burn so harshly. It’s a delicious time of year. But, we still have mosquitoes. Humble pie: First, I owe Delano Seiveright and his Opposition colleagues an apology. Political candidate Mr. Seiveright and Member of … More Chik V Anger, Ebola Fear and Careful Steps on Ganja: Wednesday, October 1, 2014